Category: Advice

New Organic Candy Bars

I don’t know whether to hug Andy Berliner, or shake my fist at him. Why? Because Andy, the co-founder with his wife Rachel of Amy’s Kitchen, Inc., the top-selling brand of organic and natural convenience foods, has just introduced his line of Organic Andy’s Dandy Candy Bars, and they are completely irresistible, dammit! Those who …

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MasterChef, The Finale!

After a long and arduous season, MasterChef ends tonight with a match up between finalists Luca and Natasha. They’ll each have to prepare a three-course meal to impress the judges and win the competition. Exclusive recipes to try: -Sautéed Sea Scallops with Apple-Sesame Couscous and Purple and Yellow Cauliflower Purées -Tamarind-Braised Short Ribs with Truffle …

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Mystery Meal, Secret Location

OK, here’s the deal. You’re invited to a huge dinner. You have to dress in white and bring your own table and chairs, and we can’t tell you where exactly it will be. Yet. Diner en Blanc has become an international dining experience — from its modest beginnings as a gathering of a group of …

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Drinking from Beer Glasses

Beer: Do you drink it from a can, a bottle, a glass, or a red Solo cup? Well, if you ask Charlie Bamforth, professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at the University of California, Davis, he’ll tell you that beer is best enjoyed if drunk from a glass. (You can chalk up the can and …

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Food News Round-Up: Cronut vs. Ramen Burger, Round Two

Simply Magic! You think the cronut is going to take the ramen burger lying down? Not so fast! Dominique Ansel is fighting back for the hottest meal in New York with his new dish, the Magical Souffle. It’s a New York food war, and only everyone who eats (and is willing to wait hours in …

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Where Did Paper Egg Cartons Go?

File this under “when news finally hits home.” Or: Have you wondered where the paper egg cartons went? We picked up a dozen yesterday and were surprised to see them in nasty Styrofoam packaging. And more surprised when the woman selling them pointed to a sign on the table explaining that the factory that makes …

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Homemade Dog Treats

Don’t forget Fido this football season. Just like us, dogs love catching the old pigskin and getting some grub before game time. So, while you prepare to go tailgating with your buddies, bake up some football-shaped dog treats for you tail-wagging friends too. These treats are loaded with Elvis’ favorite flavors: peanut butter, banana, and …

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Bait & Switch: Purple Beans

Oscar Wilde may or may not have said Niagara Falls was a honeymooning bride’s second biggest disappointment, but I think of that whenever I see purple green beans. It’s been years since I first got taken in by the color at the Greenmarket only to watch the beans turn ordinary as they cooked. This week, …

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A Comforting Dinner Menu for the First Day of School

The Monday after Labor Day week is the last of the firsts: It’s the first day of school for much of the Northeast, and for lots of kids in other parts of the country. My own little ladybug starts preschool on Monday, and when I’m not weeping copious tears about it I’m planning some fun …

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On Trying New Restaurants

Each family has certain long-held tasty traditions–although some are doubtlessly tastier than others (kids may be secretly looking forward to the day when Mom is not feeling up to making the weekly broccoli casserole). My family has been going to the same family-owned Italian pizzeria and restaurant, Attilio’s, for more than 25 years. We’ve changed …

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